When we think of fall activities, one image pops into our heads almost automatically and usually fills us with warm thoughts: apple picking. Even if you have never been, apple picking is one of those things that is hard not to enjoy. While there are many places to go, apple picking in NC is a must-do in the fall. Whether you have kids or not, apple picking is a fun and popular activity here in the NC mountains. Let us at Orchard Inn help you pick out a few amazing North Carolina apple orchards for your next trip here.
First up in our list of places to go apple picking in NC is Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville. They have so many fun things to do while you are there that it’s easy to spend an entire afternoon there. Some of the notable activities are going apple picking, enjoying a tractor ride through the orchards, and of course learning so much. Be sure to spend some time on their nature trail and learn about the different varieties of apples, there are over 20 on this farm alone. Time for Halloween? Be sure to pick up a pumpkin as well. You can also take a stroll through their corn maze. It has 5 acres of fun for you. Before you leave, be sure to pick up an apple cider donut!
Another wonderful North Carolina family farm where you can go apple picking is Justus Orchard in Hendersonville. Not only do they have an apple orchard but they have a farm as well. Children enjoy rides on the cow train and everyone loves visiting the farm animals and the ducks at their pond. Take some time and pick your own apples from their orchard or save time by choosing ones that have already been picked. While you may be able to think of a million ways to use your apple picking haul, we suggest you look into the baked goods, jams, jellies, and preserves at Justus Orchard. Take home some pies and apple cider, the best way to remember your apple picking trip.
Our last suggestion of places to go apple picking in North Carolina offers one with the most stunning mountain views, Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock. When you arrive, you will see why the name suits the area. Located on the top of a mountain, enjoy the orchards as well as the other many lovely aspects of this farm. Be sure to make time for a hayride where you will get an in-depth view of the trees as well as the mountains. After you have picked your apples or pumpkins, be sure to check out the working bee hive and other farm animals that help keep the orchard running. We advise taking a picnic, and a camera, to have a fun filled day at Sky Top.
As you can see, apple picking in NC is a simple and fantastic adventure each fall. Locals and visitors love this time of year so much we celebrate it with the annual Apple Festival in Hendersonville. Find out more about it here from our blog. When you consider a North Carolina apple picking trip, we hope you will think about staying with us at Orchard Inn. We have so many wonderful things to offer our guests including not only cozy rooms and a delicious breakfast but also stunning mountain views and a small apple orchard of our own. Mountain views can be seen from rooms as well as our dining room. Contact us today and book a trip to the NC mountains for apple picking this fall today.
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